If you struggle to fall asleep or find yourself waking in the night, then CBD might be an option for you.
Anxiety, stress and pain are three of the main causes of insomnia and sleep deprivation; and in a vicious cycle, a lack of sleep can exacerbate both anxiety and chronic pain. This is where CBD can help. By reacting with the human endocannabinoid, CBD produces calming, pain-reducing and anti-inflammatory effects in the body that can ultimately help you achieve a good night’s sleep.
It is of course important to note that CBD is not the equivalent to sleeping tablet. Taking CBD during the day will not make you feel drowsy or tired. Instead CBD promotes homeostasis - or balance - within the body, which ultimately keeps our bodies functioning properly. The sleep-wake homeostasis is the system that promotes and drives healthy sleeping patterns and is regulated by the presence of CBD in the body.
Although there is still much more research to be done, preliminary research around CBD and sleep is extremely positive. In fact, our own consumer trials with 87 participants, showed that 83% slept better after regular use of our high strength CBD products.
Under our 'Balance pillar', we have created a range of products that aid sleep and relaxation. In addition to high-concentration CBD, each product contains ayurvedic botanicals all renowned for their calming effects, such as lavender, chamomile and cajeput.
of users said that OTO helped them to fall asleep faster and stay asleep.
Instead of waking and reading for 2 hours, I was sleeping through some nights, others I was awake for about 20 minutes, much better quality of sleep.
I noticed I was sleeping better and I was feeling more relaxed.
I have definitely been sleeping better, and felt more calm.
Anxiety is the most common mental health issue here in the UK, with over 8.2 million cases of anxiety reported in 2013 and twice as many women affected than men, with numbers believed to be rising. We will all feel anxious at some point, it’s a completely natural reaction to danger or stress; however, increasingly people are experiencing a more constant feeling of anxiety that is out of proportion to the situation.
Anxiety can affect your mood and self-confidence, but perhaps most concerning is that it can lead to debilitating panic attacks and anxiety-related illnesses. The good news, is that CBD is showing to have a remarkable effect, specifically when it comes to dealing with anxiety, something that scientists, pharmaceutical professionals and mental health experts are getting more than a little excited about.
Preliminary research suggests that CBD helps the body process serotonin, the chemical that contributes to happiness and wellbeing. CBD can also aid sleep and alleviate insomnia, which can exacerbate feelings of anxiety. Our own extensive consumer trials showed that 86% of participants who suffered from anxiety registered an improvement after regular use of our high strength CBD oils, whilst 83% said that daily use of OTO has helped them control their worrying.
As well as containing 20% CBD from organic sources, our products contain ayurvedic botanicals that complement the wellness benefits of CBD. For example our Balance roll-on oil contains lavender, which is renowned for its calming properties and cajeput, which can help relieve feelings of restlessness.
of participants said that daily use of OTO has helped them control their worrying.
Thoroughly enjoyed using this product. Would love to try it again, really helped with relaxation techniques.
The subtle yet intoxicating smells took your mind off whatever is floating through your head as you lay yourself down to go to sleep.
In our busy lives, it is often hard to carve out much needed down time, to allow ourselves to relax, recharge and engage in mindful activities.
Prioritising relaxation can help us to feel more balanced when we are dealing with the stresses and anxieties that come with our modern, connected lifestyles. When we are relaxed, we can also feel more confident, comfortable and happy - beneficial both in our professional lives and when we’re building personal relationships and spending time with friends.
CBD promotes homeostasis - or balance - within the body, which ultimately keeps our bodies functioning properly. By enhancing your ability to cope with the symptoms of pain, stress and anxiety, CBD may help you feel more relaxed and calmer. In our extensive consumer trials, 85% of those said they regularly have trouble relaxing benefited from using OTO.
In a busy world, where time is of the essence, CBD can help us to optimise those moments throughout the day where we could all benefit from feeling a little more relaxed. Under our ‘Balance’ pillar, our essential oil roll-ons are perfect for when you’re on the go, or in the office. And our CBD shots such as the ‘Balance Bloom’ can be enjoyed on their own or paired with alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks, and contain Tulsi, which reduces stress, and zingy Kiwi fruit, which aids relaxation.
Improved sleep and rest can alleviate the symptoms of stress and anxiety which can prevent us from relaxing. Our skincare range and Pillow Mist have been specifically designed for the evening. They combine CBD with essential oils such as lavender, well known for its anxiety-reducing and sleep-promoting properties, and roman chamomile, which is said to contain superior therapeutic terpenes to promote calming effects.
of people who regularly have trouble relaxing felt using OTO had a positive effect.
I noticed I was sleeping better, and I was feeling more relaxed.
I felt a lot more relaxed and less anxious after the first week. I also found myself sleeping better.
Calming, less stressed, sleeping better, less tension in shoulder muscles.
Our mood is affected by so many variables. Feelings of anxiety and stress to suffering from insomnia and sleep deprivation or even struggling with chronic pain, all become part of a vicious cycle that can exacerbate all of these ailments.
CBD has the ability to holistically address a multitude of issues to help boost your mood by promoting homeostasis - or balance - within the body, which ultimately keeps our bodies functioning properly. In our extensive consumer trials, 92% of participants experienced an improvement in mood, energy and relationships when using OTO products.
Under our ‘Amplify’ and ‘Focus’ pillars, our products may help you to stay engaged in the moment and be present in your experiences. CBD is combined with Ayurvedic essential oils that contribute to positive moods, such as the refreshing, stimulating citrus boosts of Bitter Orange and scents of Lemongrass and Yuzu which can help enhance mood and memory. Ingredients such as turmeric, grapefruit and ginger, known for their digestive support and anti-inflammatory functions can leave your body feeling its very best, whilst mentally you feel bright, alert and energized. Cinnamon and black pepper both are shown to help increase cognitive function and improve brain health.
OTO products are designed to be used at various moments throughout the day when you would most benefit from a positive mindset boost, as well as aiding sleep so you can recharge and refresh and be prepared to tackle the day ahead.
of participants found an improvement in mood, energy and relationships.
I’m calm, and happy a lot more.
My mood lifted, and I did feel calmer.
I really enjoyed using it, even the ritual made me feel motivated.
A study conducted by the scientific journal Nature Communications, found that since 2000 the average attention span has fallen from twelve seconds to just eight - lower than a goldfish’s nine second attention span. There are so many ever-increasing distractions in modern society: in the home, at work, on the move; that it can often be difficult to feel grounded and able to concentrate on the task-in-hand.
Our ability to focus can have a significant impact on our quality of life, creating an endless sense of being overwhelmed. It’s no wonder that recent research has found that two thirds of Brits feel a constant sense of dread caused by the stress of their day-to-day lives, with mounting work pressures, busy social calendars and financial worries.
Cannabinoids naturally occur in the human body and help to regulate, amongst other things, brain function – and by extension, aid focus and attention. CBD (cannabidiol) can be taken to help promote the natural production of cannabinoids in your system. Preliminary research suggests that taking CBD can reduce hyperactivity and help concentration, particularly in regard to stopping the mind being distracted by the symptoms of pain and anxiety. Similarly, CBD has been shown to help with sleep and prevent tiredness, which can of course lead to problems concentrating and result in feelings of fatigue.
Indeed, in our own extensive consumer trials more than two thirds of participants said regular use of our CBD roll-ons had improved their concentration, while 80% said it may have stopped them feeling restless.
Our calming, aromatic OTO oils have been purposely bottled as roll-ons to be used on the relaxation points of the temple and wrists - proven as one of the more effective and enjoyable methods for easier absorption into the bloodstream, as well as becoming a calming and grounding regular ritual.
Carefully selected ayurvedic essential oils are combined with high-quality, organic CBD to further boost focus and concentration: ylang ylang is used by locals in the South-East Asian rainforests to help calm and focus the mind; rosemary which was a popular stimulant with the ancient reeks, boosts the ability to concentrate and enhance memory; and peppermint, which has been found to increase alertness whilst maintaining a sense of calm.
of participants said using OTO may have stopped them feeling restless
There was a notable improvement to my focus and i genuinely felt much more relaxed and calm.
Relatively instantly felt like I was reseting and focusing onto the task in hand
Definitely gives an almost instant effect of focus. Great for work.
CBD is quickly becoming part of our everyday routine, assisting with everything from relieving anxiety and insomnia to helping us manage the symptoms of pain.
As our research and understanding of CBD develops, we are learning more about how CBD can revolutionise other areas of our lives, including through our skincare. CBD brings an array of benefits to skincare thanks to its potential anti-ageing, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It works by binding with the endocannabinoid receptors in the skin as well as reducing free radicals, limiting their potential to cause DNA damage as well as combating oxidative stress. This process triggers the skin to naturally rejuvenate and repair itself resulting in a youthful, glowing complexion.
With this in mind, our creams and oils are designed to be absorbed rapidly into the skin and while a proportion enters the body, the remainder is steadily released from the skin reservoir into the surrounding areas. Our products are also rich in essential oils that contain key terpenes - the parts of the plant that gives each oil its distinctive smell. These terpenes also effectively act as carriers for CBD to cross the aqueous parts of the skin and get it into the bloodstream where it is needed.
OTO’s skincare collection is designed to work whilst you sleep, supporting the skin’s own reparative process throughout the night. High-quality, organic CBD is combined with ayurvedic essential oils to restore and rejuvenate the skin, promote wellbeing and ease symptoms of stress, anxiety and sleeplessness, all of which can take a toll on our skin.
CBD is paired with a carefully curated combination of essential oils, vitamins and minerals, chosen for their specific benefits. Amongst others, Vitamin C promotes collagen formation to boost the skin’s natural elasticity and smoothness, Hyaluronic Acid can improve hydration, firmness and suppleness and Rosehip Seed Oil (considered a superior rejuvenation component) has the ability to decrease the appearance of hyperpigmentation caused by sun damage and reduce the appearance of fine lines and ageing.